Emergency Ingredient Substitutions Whether you’re making an emergency substitution or experimenting with a new flavor, follow these suggestions for spice alternatives. As a general rule, start with half of the amount the recipe calls for (unless directed otherwise), and add the spice until it suits your taste.
Allspice: cinnamon; dash nutmeg; or dash cloves
Aniseed: fennel seed or a few drops anise extract
Chili Powder: dash bottled hot pepper sauce plus a combination of oregano and cumin
Cinnamon: nutmeg or allspice (use only 1/4 of the amount)
Cloves: allspice; cinnamon; or nutmeg
Cumin: chili powder
Ginger: allspice; cinnamon; mace; or nutmeg
Mace: allspice; cinnamon; ginger; or nutmeg
Nutmeg: cinnamon; ginger; or mace
Saffron: dash turmeric (for color)
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